Did you know that school Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a proven method that provides long-term management of pest problems with minimal impact on human health, the environment and non-target organisms. Utilizing proven monitoring, record keeping, maintenance, and clean-building practices, IPM can reduce the amount of pest complaints by 71 to 93% with no long-term increase in costs (Green and Gouge 2008).
What is School IPM?
A verifiable School IPM program requires:
- Pest managers understanding pests and pest biology.
- Careful inspection and monitoring for pest presence and pest-conducive conditions in school facilities.
- Pest prevention through effective education, sanitation and facility maintenance.
- Pesticide use only when non-chemical measures are inadequate.
- When needed, pesticide products can be selected that minimize toxicity and potential for exposure (Green and Gouge 2008). Under certain state laws, schools may be required to post time sensitive parental notifications before pesticide applications (Owens 2010).
- IPM strategies include:
- Identification of pest problems and pest-conducive conditions, through monitoring and inspection.
- Education of building community on pest biology and IPM.
- Improved sanitation standards (very important for both pest and allergen reduction).
- Pest-proofing pest entry points.
- Remediation of the fundamental reason why pests are present.
- Use of low-risk pesticides only when needed.
This meeting is open to all school IPM coordinators, pest management professionals, regulatory officials and others interested in integrated pest management for schools. Texas AgriLife Extension, Houston ISD, and the Texas Integrated Pest Management Affiliate Public Schools (TIPMAPS) will host this round table discussion.
Topics for the round table discussion, how to integrate your IPM program into the Ag Science and school garden programs, engaging parents as volunteers (first steps), dealing with pesky pest problems (crazy ants, birds, wildlife, etc.), and what you should expect when TDA calls.
Prior to this meeting please review the attached documents and bring a copy as well.
Agenda and lunch is still to be determined, but book your spot now so if I can find a lunch provider I will know you are attending.
1 hour school IPM TDA SPCS credit request is pending.
Where: Houston ISD – Operations Facility (old elementary school) Cafetorium, 1417 Houston Ave., Houston, TX
When: February 22, 2012 10:30 AM to 1:30 AM (appx)
Why: To re energize the Houston area TIPMAPS group.
NO COST to you or your district
Please, please register everyone online, this will help me with an accurate head count for lunch.
Register online at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu
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